Catherine Yu




My research interests lie in the role of patient and clinician behaviour change in knowledge translation. I am particularly interested in the development of innovative strategies for continuing professional development and patient education in chronic disease management, specifically diabetes care. My projects include interactive self-management and shared-decision making websites, order sets, computer-based simulators and interprofessional workshops and their impact on knowledge, behavior change, clinical and psychological outcomes.

Additional research specialties: mentorship, endocrinology and medical education

Recent Publications

  1. Ahmad, T, Schreyer, L, Fung, R, Yu, C. Transgender health objectives of training for adult Endocrinology and Metabolism programs: Outcomes of a modified-Delphi study. PLoS One. 2024;19 (5):e0301603. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0301603. PubMed PMID:38768242 PubMed Central PMC11104599.
  2. Ren, M, Choi, D, Chan, C, Rana, S, Najeeb, U, Norris, M et al.. Optimizing a mentorship program from the perspective of academic medicine leadership - a qualitative study. BMC Med Educ. 2024;24 (1):530. doi: 10.1186/s12909-024-05463-6. PubMed PMID:38741089 PubMed Central PMC11092246.
  3. Lau, K, Escudero, C, Lee, I, Yu, C. Experiences of Motivational Interviewing in Virtual Health-care Visits for Adults With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Qualitative Analysis. Can J Diabetes. 2024; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2024.04.008. PubMed PMID:38641003 .
  4. Khattab, S, Yu, CH, Shah, S. Prolactinoma and Adenomyosis - More than Meets the Eye: A Case Report. AACE Clin Case Rep. 2024;10 (1):20-23. doi: 10.1016/j.aace.2023.11.002. PubMed PMID:38303768 PubMed Central PMC10829864.
  5. Ahmad, T, Robinson, L, Uleryk, E, Yu, C. Trans health training objectives: A scoping review. Clin Teach. 2024;21 (1):e13673. doi: 10.1111/tct.13673. PubMed PMID:37806669 .
  6. Umaefulam, V, Wilson, M, Boucher, MC, Brent, MH, Dogba, MJ, Drescher, O et al.. Assessing the feasibility, acceptability, and fidelity of a tele-retinopathy-based intervention to encourage greater attendance to diabetic retinopathy screening in immigrants living with diabetes from China and African-Caribbean countries in Ottawa, Canada: a protocol. Pilot Feasibility Stud. 2023;9 (1):158. doi: 10.1186/s40814-023-01372-5. PubMed PMID:37689724 PubMed Central PMC10492373.
  7. Shearkhani, S, Plett, D, Powis, J, Yu, C, McCready, J, Lau, L et al.. Evaluating an Integrated Local System Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Case Study of East Toronto Health Partners. Int J Integr Care. 2023;23 (2):31. doi: 10.5334/ijic.7014. PubMed PMID:37360877 PubMed Central PMC10289038.
  8. Sivakumar, A, Pan, RY, Wang, A, Choi, D, Charif, AB, Kastner, M et al.. Assessing the sustainability and scalability of a diabetes eHealth innovation: a mixed-methods study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2023;23 (1):630. doi: 10.1186/s12913-023-09618-x. PubMed PMID:37316850 PubMed Central PMC10264878.
  9. Konnyu, KJ, Yogasingam, S, Lépine, J, Sullivan, K, Alabousi, M, Edwards, A et al.. Quality improvement strategies for diabetes care: Effects on outcomes for adults living with diabetes. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2023;5 (5):CD014513. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD014513. PubMed PMID:37254718 PubMed Central PMC10233616.
  10. Umaefulam, V, Wilson, M, Boucher, MC, Brent, MH, Dogba, MJ, Drescher, O et al.. The co-development of a linguistic and culturally tailored tele-retinopathy screening intervention for immigrants living with diabetes from China and African-Caribbean countries in Ottawa, Canada. BMC Health Serv Res. 2023;23 (1):302. doi: 10.1186/s12913-023-09329-3. PubMed PMID:36991464 PubMed Central PMC10054218.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Staff Endocrinologist, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto (cross-appointment)
  • Associate Member, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto